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A portfolio on research degree supervision - how the knowledge, skills, values, evidence and claims interrelate

The contents of the portfolio, as shown on the portfolio structure page in Table 1 are presented in an order useful for a reader or assessor. However from your point of view, having to produce the portfolio, they are most easily understood out of order, in the order shown in the side menu.

This page considers Section 8, which shows how readers can easily see what is where and how it all relates.

Claims for appropriate KNOWLEDGE
suggested as a code in the top right-hand corner of each piece of hard copy evidence or file name for electronic file
The institution's regulations  
The QAA Code of Practice

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At a glance: the evidence for appropriate knowledge (Section 8 of Table 1)

The best way of showing a reader or assessor what is where in the portfolio is through two grids - one for the knowledge and the other for the skills. (Values are handled as references within the claims.) The following grids give the idea. What is in blue should be copied as it stands, and cells should be filled in appropriately. The grey text is advisory or indicative, so should not be copied.


At a glance: how the skills, values and evidence interrelate with the claims (Section 8 of Table 1)

Claims for appropriate SKILLS and VALUES
SKILL in particular area of activity
value 1
value 2
value 3
value  4
Fill in the area of activity in which the skill is claimed

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Fill in the code or file name or hyperlink for where the claim is made Mark cells below with a cross, such that

each row, i.e. each area of activity has at least one cross


each column, i.e. each value, is shown somewhere at least twice


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© Pat Cryer

* 'Supervisor' is a shorthand for 'research degree supervisor', 'advisor' or 'tutor', and applies to varying extents for all research degrees: PhD, DPhil. MPhil, Prof Doc and even undergraduate and masters' projects. In some countries, notably the USA, a 'supervisor' is known as an 'advisor'.